Tag Archives: taxonomy

Big, black (and red), and beautiful!

While I may have already declared Plinthocoelium suaveolens (bumelia borer) as North America’s most beautiful longhorned beetle, any short list of top candidates for this title must also include the species Crossidius coralinus. Like most other members of this strictly North American genus, these gorgeous beetles … Continue reading

Posted in Cerambycidae, Coleoptera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Why I went to Georgia

Call me biased, but for my money few groups of beetles can match the maddening combination of beauty and difficult taxonomy of jewel beetles (family Buprestidae) (I can already hear the protestations of weevil and scarab workers). In the case of … Continue reading

Posted in Buprestidae, Coleoptera | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

A Crossidius hirtipes subspecies blend zone…

…or, “There’s something fishy going on here!” After a day in the vicinity of Yearington, Nevada  looking for (and eventually finding) a population of Crossidius hirtipes longhorned beetles assignable to subspecies “rubrescens“, field mate Jeff Huether and I dropped a little further south to … Continue reading

Posted in Cerambycidae, Coleoptera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Introducing Acmaeodera chuckbellamyi

Of the many entomology journals I subscribe to, there are few that I await with as much anticipation as The Coleopterists Bulletin. Focusing exclusively on the largest order of life on earth, it’s a quarterly dose of elytral ecstasy that no beetle enthusiast should be without. I … Continue reading

Posted in Buprestidae, Coleoptera | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Crossidius hirtipes rhodopus in Adobe Valley, California

On Day 7 of last August’s Great Basin Collecting Trip, we left Bishop and headed back north to the Mono Basin to look for Crossidius hirtipes rhodopus, a distinctive reddish subspecies known only from the Mono Basin. I’d seen this beetle before—almost 20 … Continue reading

Posted in Cerambycidae, Coleoptera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The sublimely beautiful Crossidius coralinus caeruleipennis

Before driving up into the White Mountains to look for Crossidius hirtipes nubilus and see the grotesquely beautiful trees at Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, we made a short two-mile drive north of our hotel in Bishop, California to try our hand … Continue reading

Posted in Cerambycidae, Coleoptera | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Clouded beetles amidst spectacular scenery

“Westerly from Westgard Pass is a view equaled in few parts of America. In the middle distance, a dozen miles away and nearly a mile below, lies the fertile Owens Valley, extending at right angles north and south over a … Continue reading

Posted in Cerambycidae, Coleoptera | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

What was that insect?

Yesterday I posted an identification challenge of a different sort. The main subject in the photo was a jewel beetle (family Buprestidae), but there was also another insect in the photo—a small parasitic wasp sitting on the branch below the beetle. … Continue reading

Posted in Buprestidae, Coleoptera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment